Gas station owner not responsible for client's injuries from slip on oil spill.
The plaintiff was injured when he slipped and fell on an oil spill that had been covered with a product called Oil Dry. The court of appeals held that the spot was an open and obvious condition. The court concluded that when a condition is open and obvious, the property owner owes no duty to a customer to warn of the danger. Under the law, a premises owner must only warn invitees about concealed dangers of which the owner knows or should know about. However, the obvious nature of the hazard in this case served as a warning. The customer is charged with the duty of discovering the danger and taking appropriate measures to avoid injury. As a result, the plaintiff's case was dismissed through summary judgment.
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